Jeremiah's encounter with God shows us how God reassures fearful minds. Many new Christians first feel His presence as a great big wash of well-being.
New research has shown that neglect by parent-figures can damage kids' brain development, but love, when it is consistently felt, clears out those dark, damaged spaces. (1 John 4:18 says that 'Perfect love casts out fear') Reminding yourself of the love of God can bring deep, real healing to traumatic parts of your past, so that you can get going on your new life with Him, full of new peace and joy.
On top of that, the Holy Spirit can kickstart new habits. He brings seemingly dry Bible facts from your head to life in your heart, where they actually blow through your being like a refreshing breeze. Like this one: 'Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom' (2 Corinthians 3:17 NIV). In the morning you can remind yourself that because He is with you, you can say, 'I actually do believe these things about myself. I am who God says I am. I can live freely!'
That's right: you're not who others say you are; you're who God says you are! Be yourself; you can't be anybody else! Do what God says you can do. Just get in agreement with Him.
So what now? We don't know how God makes all things new, but we know that He does. Write down some areas of your life where you need a new perspective and pray for God's healing and refreshing in those areas.
Soulfood : 1 Sam 20:30-23:29, Lk 4:1-13, Ps 102:18-28, Prov 17:11-14